Design for Manufacturing Tools

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Holding the press

Tom Shelley reports on a sheet metal forming technique that does away with the need for press tools

Lean goes with rapid

Tom Shelley reports on thinking that combines lean design, rapid prototyping and fast to market

Solid performance

Tom Shelley reports on some of the advantages of moving to 3D CAD

Vision system guarantees quality at BMW

The latest PC-based image processing technology is helping BMW guarantee the quality of head-up displays on its 5- and 6-series models. Dean Palmer reports

Cost while you design

Tom Shelley reports on software that addresses the number one headache for design and manufacturing managers, that of costing manufacturing whle design is in progress

Mixing tradition with the latest technology

Although Dyson believes in using a traditional, hands-on approach to design and development, 3D solid modelling and rapid prototyping also have a key role to play, writes Dean Palmer

Rapid prototyping scores well on all fronts

The goal of mass customising manufactured goods to suit people's individual taste is nearing reality. One company is using the latest laser sintering technology to tailor the design of football boots ...

Vision system is low cost but versatile

A new vision system has been developed that simplifies the automation of complex inspection tasks and improves productivity in industrial areas, writes Dean Palmer

Sensor ensures safe car braking

Dean Palmer reports on a sensor for the automated production of car parts by monitoring the correct assembly of O-rings at the flange of pumps used on car braking systems

System cuts cuts design time by 40%

A vehicle fuel tank manufacturer has cut product development times by 40% after implementing blow moulding simulation software. Dean Palmer reports

Thermal imaging gets smarter and smaller

Dean Palmer reports on a miniature industrial thermal imaging camera that has potential use in machine vision, process monitoring, robotics and security applications